Sino-Iran: From infrastructure to project finance | BELT & ROAD

Sino-Iran

"We expect to see two areas gaining further momentum in bilateral cooperation this year: project finance and infrastructure development."

 

Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D., Chief Economist

Charlene Rahall, Nicki Siamaki, Analysts

Highlights include:

  • In 2018, the two sides plan to increase trade to USD 50B. At an average annual growth rate of 9.9%, we estimate growth around USD 41B for this year.
  • We expect to see two areas gaining further momentum in bilateral cooperation this year: project finance and infrastructure development.
  • The reactivation of suspended accounts of Iranian citizens by Chinese banks is a step forward in resolving banking hurdles but Iran still needs the blessing of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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